Shoes for industry

The view to the west from atop Trail 365A.

The view to the west from atop Trail 365A.

Definitely on a down cycle as regards the bicycle. Running is the thing lately.

It’s so bloody simple: Pull on some shorts and a raggedy T, add shoes, and leave. Return when suitably sweaty and enfeebled. What’s not to like? Besides the pain and suffering, that is.

I did break out the old Voodoo Nakisi the other day for a short jaunt along Trail 365 and its various offshoots. I got a long-distance look at the haze from the Washington-state fires. It wasn’t my first — during my trip back to the Duke City from Bibleburg I couldn’t even see the damn’ mountains.

I’ll probably go for another short ride today, because not even I am dim enough to run two days in a row unless something really big and ornery is chasing me. Like, say, Peter Sagan, who got knocked off his bike by a race vehicle today and decided to punch a couple of them. Hulk smash!



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12 Responses to “Shoes for industry”

  1. psobrien Says:

    Good god man, snap out of it! I prescribe 8 to 10 days on the bike. Should we start in Duke City and ride to Sierra Vista or vice versa? That stretch between TorC and Hatch is a barren sumbitch. Get up, eat, ride, drink, eat, ride some more, then eat and drink some more, then sleep. Repeat.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I think it’s my instinct for self-preservation kicking in. The body knows it has to go to Sin City in a couple weeks to pound a lot of concrete and examine a metric shit-ton of bikes. Plus there wasn’t as big a gap between Le Tour and La Vuelta — and the day after the Vuelta wraps, I’m off to Interbike. Definitely feeling the burn(out) here.

      The low-rise Vasque hikers that I use for running.

      The low-rise Vasque hikers that I use for running.

      • md anderson Says:

        I used low rise hikers (mine are Keen) for my running this past winter. For the first time in years I had no Achilles tendon issues. Maybe regular running shoes are too squishy?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I think many factors are at work here. My burro-racing pal Hal suggests that the fairly low heel-to-toe drop in these shoes may play a role. I used to run in some pretty burly Sauconys and started having all kinds of problems after a few years. Definitely less ouch factor in these bad boys.

  2. Sharon Says:

    We got tired of baking in the sun, splurged and spent a week in Banff and Icefields Pkwy hiking and biking. Just getting back now. It was the most beautiful place we have ever seen. Not really in hiking shape to do some of the hard climbs easily, but did well on the long rides.

  3. Steve O Says:

    Running? Last time I checked, running required adequate synovial fluid in all the right places, joints that don’t sound like the Tin Woodsman left out in a hurricane, and feet that adequately articulate whilst bearing the brunt of the activity. I’m oh-fer-three there.

    • Larry T. Says:

      Me too. Still remember the podiatrist telling me “With the body you have, a sub-three hour marathon is damn good…and about all you can hope for. Forget about getting any better.” I took his advice, signed up for a USCF license and never looked back. A brisk walk? OK, if I have to. Running/jogging? Forget about it. My answer for the torture of the Interbike show floor? Comfy shoes.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:


      I’ve only done the one running race — true to form, it was a weirdo, a 10km burro race at altitude in Weirdcliffe. I do not recall distinguishing myself.

      But I did OK in some multisport stuff, usually as part of a team. Hal’s wife, Mary, and I won the mixed pairs competition a couple of times at the Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon (bike, run, ski, shoeshoe to summit, then repeat in reverse order to finish).

      Before cyclocross I’d always hated running. When the big jogging craze came along my event was endurance substance abuse. I was doing 24- and 48-hour events in that discipline long before the mountain bikers discovered the genre.

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